Mounts Bay, with Penzance at its center, has recently been described as one of the ‘Most Beautiful Bays in the World’. Mounts Bay found in Cornwall, is in the extreme southwestern peninsula of England, UK. It has a long sweeping bay, it is one of the sunniest areas in the UK, with light blue waters, mecca of water sports, famous pirate history and the land of the Cornish pasty, it is definitely worth talking about! Stand Up Paddle Racer Ginnie Betts introduces us to this coastal idyll that she calls home, and lets us in on her secret spots that she takes her clients for her company Wild Cove Paddleboarding!
Ginnie’s link to Mounts Bay
My local spot is the beautiful Mounts Bay on the South Coast of West Cornwall, easily recognised by the iconic tidal island of St Michael’s Mount. It has incredibly varied conditions and so attracts an equally diverse representation of watersports, we have some of the Country’s top Windsurfers, Sailors, Kiteboarders, an ever-growing SUP community and traditional Cornish gig rowers, a sport that is very close to the community.
Photo Credit: Ginnie Betts
Local riders and SUP community
Lawrence Smith of Ocean High pioneered SUP instruction in Mounts Bay it was he who gave me my first lesson. In Mounts Bay there are a mixed community of recreational SUP, Supfit, Sup racers and Sup surfers who all grace the shorelines according to conditions. It is a place where we can do everything! This summer looks set to be one of the best ever as more and more folks are expressing an interest to learn.
This is also the home spot of local Cornish waterman and SUP rider Jason Sawyer he has decades of experience on the water and has always been generous in sharing his knowledge about local conditions!
Renting SUP boards, SUP gear and SUP Schools
We’re blessed with many professional and long established SUP schools in Cornwall, these are the ones I’d recommend from my experience Ocean High in Mounts Bay, with Ocean Sports Centre up the road in St Ives and also on the South Coast in Falmouth there is WeSUP . But I run a school at called Wild Cove Paddleboarding!
Major local stand up paddle events
There is alot going on in Cornwall. The closest major event we have is across the border in Devon, the ‘Head of the River Dart race’ which attracts hundreds of people. The event scene is growing in Cornwall though with the annual Celtic Cup held at Carbis Bay, the SUPFEST at Polkerris Bay and national selections for the British Supsurf team at Fistral in Newquay.
Photo Credit: Ginnie Betts
Best SUP spots and best spots to train
There are too many to mention everyone has their personal preferences. I think West Cornwall is one of the best places in the world to be SUP paddler because of the incredible choice of beaches. We’re a small (ish) peninsular and so can easily travel to North, South, East or West facing coasts to seek out your preferred training conditions, be that flat water, waves, headwinds or side-on chop. For coastal paddling my preferred spots are Mounts Bay or St Ives Bay, both close to my home, both have resident dolphin pods and both perfect for distance paddling. When preparing for inland races I go to the Fal River, a tidal estuary that runs between Truro and Falmouth, it’s a protected area of outstanding natural beauty but you have to be a competent paddler to go there alone – conditions change very quickly.
Photo Credit: Ginnie Betts
Best Stand up Paddle downwind runs in (your spot)
Mounts Bay can be pretty amazing for DWs on a good South Westerly. When the sea state and swell are aligned nicely, Mousehole to Porthleven is a fantastic run, or the reverse on an Easterly.
And as a tourist…
Where do you begin? There are so many coves and beaches to explore when you are done paddleboarding. There is the coastal path the runs all the way round cornwall, you can walk all the way to the iconic Lands End! But, above all, just don’t come to Cornwall without finding a way to get on or in the water!
Using a GPS device to track our Stand Up Paddling activity is second nature for many paddlers and there are many different ways to do this. One of the most popular and well-regarded apps for SUP, and many other water sports is Paddle Logger. This app was designed from the ground up for paddlers and […]
Paddle Logger is an award winning GPS tracking app for your iPhone or Apple watch that helps you keep track of all of your paddling activities. The app is free to use with a subscription option for Pro features and has been designed to help you get the most from your time on the water. […]
At the ICF world championships in Gdynia SUP race fans might have noticed an unfamiliar name at the sharp end of the Elite men’s field, Blue Ewer. If you had also followed the European Championships in Denmark then it would be less of a surprise to see the young man from Team England pushing more […]
That’s a wrap on Stop#2 of the APP SUP Racing World Tour and the London SUP Open 2022 did not fail to deliver a spectacular weekend of racing! Clément Colmas and Esperanza Barreras become distance champions on their APP World Tour debut, Rai Taguchi turns it on for the Young Guns and Connor Baxter and […]
The APP World Tour is back in Canary Wharf for the 2022 London SUP Open from September 14th to 18th and is offering hundreds of free stand up paddle sessions to visitors! Visitors will be able to watch the pros in action as they battle it out in stop #2 of the World Tour and […]
SUP Active Yorkshire proves SUP Active Yorkshire proves that disability is no limit when it comes to SUP. In this article, Danny Godridge, owner of SUP Active Yorkshire, tells TotalSUP how SUP breaks down barriers and provides freedom for all paddlers regardless of ability. Hello Danny, first of all could you tell where exactly SUP […]
Dorset-based paddler and owner of The SUP Store in Christchurch, Saviour Aquilina has recently reviewed the latest Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride board. Here he tells TotalSUP why the board is a real crowd-pleaser, the best places to paddle in Dorset and why Stand Up Paddle is the sport that everyone should be doing. You […]
Vegan ice cream brand trials sustainable summer vehicle on Leeds canal ahead of summer celebrations Paddleboard enthusiasts from Leeds, Jamie Crowther and Zoe Dawson, proved they’ve got paddleboarding licked when they took to the water today to try out the world’s first paddleboard ice cream parlour, created by urban ice cream brand, Northern Bloc. Celebrating […]
Outrigger Canoe (OC) paddling has seen a meteoric rise in the past 3 years! Clearly the boom of SUP paddling has benefitted the OC scene with more and more SUP racers looking for cross-training sports or leisure paddlers attracted by the deeper Polynesian roots of Stand Up Paddling. On stretches of water all over Europe, […]
Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.
3rd Party Cookies
We use a set of third party tools to provide information on how our users engage with our website so that we can improve the experience of the website for our users. For example, we collect information about which of our pages are most frequently visited, and by which types of users. Keeping this cookie enabled helps us to improve our website.
Please enable Strictly Necessary Cookies first so that we can save your preferences!